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Friday: Seed

Mar 2, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Gretchen put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about soil yesterday.  Today the children told me what they know about Seeds.  Fun Facts:  The largest seed in the world is the double coconut.  It can measure up to 1.6 ft around the middle.  Coconuts have a fibrous coating and an air space inside them, because they need to be able to float to a new home.   Seeds provide the world’s daily food.  Your breakfast cereal and toast, your pasta and pizza lunch and your rice dish for tea all started life as seeds from different grasses.  Some seeds found in frozen soil in Canada were grown and produced flowers.  There are some very dangerous seeds, such as those that come from deadly nightshades; two berries could kill you.  Even more dangerous are seeds from Castor oil plants.  Most oak trees don’t grow acorns until they are at least 50 years old. 

Shapes:  Discussed:  What shape is a seed? We drew their different ideas.  Compared the diamond shape to different seeds.  We discussed the diamond shape in detail.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  Where do you plant seeds?  We had the Find Glasses stuck in a slit in a box pretending it was a garden.  I picked 4 children sitting the best to come up and do the activity on the one they picked.  Find Glasses:  #1: Picture of a seed packet-  Look and find a seed packet on the Storytelling poster.  Make yourself small like a seed. What can you find in your room that could hold seeds. #2: Picture of a carrot-Look and find a carrot on Storytelling poster.  How many carrots can you count? What animals eat carrots?  #3: Picture of a bumble bee-Look and find a bee.  Buzz like a bee around the room.  What other animals fly on the poster? #4-Picture of a Toad-  Look and find a toad.  Hop to something that is brown in the room.  What other animals hop?

Visual Art:  Discussed  What comes out of a seed?  We looked at their pictures that they made the other day in afternoon centers.  Discussed how we plant the seeds and cover them with dirt.  We then watch the plants grow.  We discussed each plant we saw.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed What seed have you tasted?  We sang a song about seeds.  We then got to taste three different seeds and discuss if we like them or not.  They tasted dry roasted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds with the shell on. 

Show and Tell: Each child was to bring in an item that is diamond shape.  They came up one at a time and discussed their items.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Wooden Blocks 

Thursday: Soil

Mar 2, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. We said goodbye to February and Hello to March.  We discussed how we spell March.  We discussed this month in detail.   Gretchen put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the Month and Day in Spanish.  She reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We discussed all the new theme we will be discussing this month.  We will be talking about things related to Growing Gardens.  I went through each page of the lessons and told the children all the new stuff we would be learning about.  Discussed:  What do you know about soil?  Soil is another name for dirt (not sand).  Fun Facts:  Soil makes up the outermost layer of our planet.  Top soil is the most productive soil layer.  Soil has varying amounts of organic matter (living and dead organisms), minerals and nutrients. Natural processes can take more than 500 years to form one inch of topsoil. Soil scientists have identified over 70, 000 kinds of soil in the United States.  Soil is formed from rocks and decaying plants and animals. Roots loosen the soil, allowing oxygen to penetrate. Roots hold soil together and help prevent erosion.  Earthworms digest organic matter, recycle nutrients, and make the surface soil richer.  Mice, moles and shrews dig burrows which help aerate the soil.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What does a garden need to grow?  Together the children patted the ground (said soil), pointed to the sky (said sun) and wiggled fingers down (said water).  This is what gardens need to grow.  Each child got to help plant their own grass seeds.  They came up and told me what we needed to grow grass.  We added soil to a cup.  They then took the seeds and put them in the soil.  We then watered the soil.  We set them in the sun to grow.  Each child drew a picture on day one of what their cup looked like now.  We will visit our cups to see what is happening and draw a picture to match what we see and record the changes happening.

Speaking:  Discussed:  Where have you seen gardens?  I invited one child at a time up to show me an item they liked on the Storytelling Poster.  The child then described where it is in relation to the soil (next to, in, on, above, under, etc.)

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What food do you eat that is brown?  What do birds eat that is brown?  We looked at the brown bird and found brown items in the room. 

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring a brown food item.  They came up one at a time and discussed their brown food.  Some of the children brought enough of the brown food to share with all the lesson children.  We got to enjoy yummy Milk Duds and Oreo’s. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How can you plant in hard soil?  Many people till the soil in a garden before they plant.  This is when they use instruments to turn the soil over and loosen it up.  I had a box filled with shredded paper and pretended it was soil.  I then used the shovel to dig in my soil and find a name tag.  I held the child’s full name up and if they knew their name they had to come get the “worm name tag”.  A few children were not able to get their “worm name tags” because they aren’t recognizing their names yet. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play Center 2: The children practiced writing their names on the name tag.